The Zamani project was conceptualised in 2001 in the Geomatics Division of the University of Cape Town (UCT), and implementation began in 2004, with Emeritus Professor Rüther leading the team.
The team still operates within UCT, and consists of the team leader, Professor Heinz Rüther and four Chief Scientific Officers, Ralph Schroeder, Roshan Bhurtha, Stephen Wessels and Bruce McDonald. Interns from the university also occasionally join the team.
Other collaborators and associated team members that accompany the Zamani team on field campaigns are Christoph Held and Professor Werner Stempfhuber. Christoph was one of the first Zamani team members and currently works with laser scanning manufacturer Zoller and Fröhlich (Z+F). Professor Stempfhuber is from the Beuth University in Berlin.